Australia needs a nationally mobile, fully-funded emergency management workforce.
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As this horrific summer of disaster continues to unfold in coming weeks, we need to overhaul our emergency management plan.
Survivors of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 spent the night on beach chairs in a ballroom at the Melia Hotel in Nassau.
Hotels in the Bahamas are helping the islands recover from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian, just as they did in Florida following Irma in 2017.
Cars leaving Beaumont, Texas during a mandatory evacuation before the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, August 30, 2008.
Why did some Texas coastal cities order mandatory evacuations ahead of Hurricane Harvey while others, including Houston, did not? There is no formula for these decisions; either choice can backfire.
FirstNet could relieve emergency workers of having to carry multiple radios and other communications devices.
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A multibillion-dollar effort is just beginning to build an all-new nationwide wireless broadband network for emergency responders. How will it work, why do we need it and how will it last 25 years?
When calling these people, you want to be able to get through.
Fairfax County, Virginia
'Denial of service' cyberattacks are increasingly used to shut down websites. New research reveals that 911 call centers are vulnerable to the threat as well.
The view from Brooklyn on September 11, 2001.
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What we and other responders learned that day would go on to spark major changes in U.S. emergency response efforts.
A very different approach to the migration crisis.
A group of activists is seeking to build a special community as an alternative response to the so-called migration crisis.
The scene in Nice the morning after the July 14 terror attack – during which an emergency-warning app failed to give timely notice.
The solution to emergency communications: redundancy, redundancy, redundancy.
Where am I?
Twitter users caught up in any emergency situation are usually quick to share their experience with followers. That information can be useful to authorities.
116 houses were lost at Wye River in Victoria, but nobody was killed.
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The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
The town of Yarloop was engulfed by an inferno on January 9.
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Why do people still die in bushfires? Recent fires have triggered a debate about emergency warnings.
While firefighters battled widespread fires in New South Wales in October 2013, hundreds of thousands of people turned to social media and smartphone apps for vital updates.
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When disaster strikes, more people than ever are turning to social media to find out if they're in danger. But Australian emergency services need to work together more to learn what works to save lives.
Children from a village in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province stand in one of countless sweet potato gardens destroyed by frost across the country, August 2015.
Papua New Guinea is now facing a drought and frosts that look set to be worse than 1997, when hundreds of people died. So how can memories of 1997 save lives over the next few months?
Everybody’s leaving New Orleans ahead of Katrina.
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Hurricanes can be deadly to those in their path. Officials don't want to unnecessarily alarm before solid forecasts are in place, but residents need enough time to prepare and heed evacuation orders.